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Deputy's cruiser, station wagon collide

October 28, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

A Washington County Sheriff's Department deputy's cruiser rear-ended a station wagon on Md. 64 Sunday, causing extensive damage to the cruiser and two other vehicles, the sheriff's office said.

No one was seriously hurt, police said.

Deputy Greg Woelfel was westbound at about 11:25 a.m. when his 1998 Crown Victoria hit the back of a station wagon driven by Deborah Florian of Smithsburg, who was waiting to turn left onto Crystal Falls Drive, police said.

The impact of the crash sent the station wagon into the eastbound lanes of Md. 64, where it struck a 1987 Dodge Dakota driven by Melissa Shroeder of Martinsburg, W.Va., police said.

All three drivers were taken to Washington County Hospital, where they were treated and released, police said.

Woelfel was on duty at the time of the accident, but he was not answering a call, police said.

Woelfel was listed at fault in the accident, which means the county's insurance will cover the damage to all three vehicles, police said.

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Woelfel will not be cited, but faces an internal investigation and possibly disciplinary action, Sheriff Charles F. Mades said.

Woelfel is an experienced police officer who has worked for the sheriff's office for about a year, Mades said.

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